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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Indians pay back OCS to win 3A title

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  • DUNCAN — For Plainview, revenge may never taste so sweet.
    The Indians finished a romp over the rest of the field in the Class 3A state golf tournament on Tuesday, capping off a 896 team score that gave Plainview a runaway victory and the school's first state championship in golf since 1994.
    "It was sweet, really sweet," Bloodworth said. "I couldn't be prouder of these boys."
    The Indians, who came up eight strokes short of Oklahoma Christian School for the title last season, left no doubt in 2013, topping runner-up OCS by 29 strokes to avenge the loss.
    "When I'm 45, I'll still remember winning my senior year state championship," Haden Coffey said. "This is something that can never be taken away."
    It took one year, thousands of hours of practice and enough tees to make a forest.
    More importantly, it took five young men dedicated to victory.
    "These guys are like the sons I never had; it's that kind of bond," Bloodworth said. "I can't tell you how many times they were out there on the course, working until dark-o'clock on their game."
    Each did his part; no Plainview player shot over an 81 for any round of the tournament, with the highest individual 54-hole total at 231 for an average of 77 per round.
    Senior Trae Wilkins earned top medalist honors, outlasting Oklahoma Christian's Zac Schaefer in a three-hole sudden death playoff, to go along with All-State distinction.
    But more importantly, he was glad to be a part of a team that will go down in school history.
    "It's amazing for us to come out here my last year and go out with a big bang," Wilkins said. "I wasn't expecting to win as a individual, I just wanted to win for the team."
    At the other end of the spectrum, freshman and No. 5 bag Carson Seals proved himself a revelation on the biggest stage, compiling a 78-71—75 score for a 224 aggregate that earned him sixth overall among individuals.
    "I knew we had the team to get here, we just had to get our game together," Seals said. "We did it this week and got our championship."
    With Coffey and Wilkins moving on to the next level, the responsibility for the program will now fall on Seals and the rest of the returning lettermen for Plainview.
    With the standard now set, Bloodworth sees the potential for next year's team to repeat the glory of this one. Along with Seals, junior Nate Hoben and sophomore Cooper Little return for the Indians.
    "There's a saying we have: 'You can't appreciate winning until you see the work that goes into it,'" Bloodworth said. "We've got some guys that are eager to be on the team next year, to make their own mark."
    Page 2 of 2 - Among other area teams, Sulphur and Tishomingo finished with team scores of 1,035 and 1,023, respectively, while Lone Grove's Bryce Newton finished with a 237 score as a individual.
    Tishomingo's Preston Lovett earned 10th overall to medal as an individual, an honor he hopes will buoy his confidence going into next season.
    "I'm really pleased with how I played; it was a lot better than I thought it would be," Lovett said. "I can use this to practice harder and try to get All-State next year."
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